The new Southern region serves passengers and freight operators from Devon in the West to  Kent in the East  and links Wessex, Sussex and Kent as well as Network Rail High Speed.

With over 5,800 employees, the Southern region is responsible for more than 700 million passenger journeys each year. Over the next five years the region will invest £6.3 billion to operate, maintain and renew the railway. Over 7000 passenger and freight services operate on the region every week day – more than a third of Britain’s rail services.  We move over 266,000 tonnes of freight each week and  own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4986 bridges, 895 level crossings  and 7990 signals.

The  Southern region  links major towns and cities including  Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Canterbury, Ashford  and Dover. The region is critical to London’s transport south of the Thames,  and is responsible for the major London stations of Waterloo, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.

We operate the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to London and other employment hubs.  We serve channel routes to Europe, major ports and Gatwick and Southampton airports, and we transport large numbers of leisure travellers to south coast resorts and other tourist destinations.

John Halsall

John Halsall
Managing director, Southern region

Southern Region

Southern region in numbers

  • 700 million annual rail passenger journeys
  • Over 7,000 passenger and freight services every weekday – more than a third of Britain’s rail services
  • Southern region moves over 266,000 tonnes of freight, using nearly 500 freight train movements, each week
  • We own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4,986 bridges, 895 level crossings and 7,990 signals

Routes in Southern Region

Key projects

We are dedicated to putting passengers first and to delivering a step-change in the quality of the service we provide them. Key projects include:

  • Transforming the passenger experience at our managed stations through our ‘one team’ approach with train operators
  • Redeveloping Gatwick Airport station to provide more capacity
  • Unblocking bottlenecks at Croydon and Woking
  • Major re-signalling schemes to bring us into the 21st century
  • Major investment to improve the resilience of the railway across the region
  • Working with the Department for Transport and third-party investors to deliver passenger improvements.

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